Definition of desperate
1a : having lost hope a desperate spirit crying for reliefb : giving no ground for hope the outlook was desperate
2a : moved by despair or utter loss of hope victims made desperate by abuseb : involving or employing extreme measures in an attempt to escape defeat or frustration made a desperate leap for the rope
3 : suffering extreme need or anxiety desperate for money desperate to escape celebrities desperate for attention
4 : involving extreme danger or possible disaster a desperate situation
5 : of extreme intensity … a desperate languor descended heavily upon her, and she slept … — Elinor Wylie
Examples of desperate in a Sentence
The collapse of her business had made her desperate.
As the supply of food ran out, people became desperate.
We could hear their desperate cries for help.
a desperate struggle to defeat the enemy
He made a desperate bid to save his job.
They made one last desperate attempt to fight their way out.
Recent Examples of desperate from the Web
Elsewhere, herders have crept over the usual boundaries in desperate need of grass as dry-season conditions put pressure on their livestock.
At age 50, comfortably ensconced in his second term, Faulconer has emerged as the fair-haired favorite of California Republicans desperate for a serious candidate to run for governor in 2018, when term limits finally end the Jerry Brown era.
Her head started spinning with that familiar, desperate urge to end it all.
MINNIE, Ky. — Donna Dye saw the coal truck come barreling over the horizon and her head started spinning with that familiar, desperate urge to end it all.
Campbell, who is Mormon himself, says that’s in part because many Mormons are desperate to be accepted by a mainstream that has long rejected them.
In theory, those easy to sell assets would act like a shock absorber, giving funds a cash lifeline during desperate times.
Later reports described the slaves as making three desperate attempts to cross the bridge over the Nottoway between Cross Keys and Jerusalem, and stated that the leader had been shot in the attempt.
And the cruel irony is that there's no one to capitulate to — potential buyers cannot secure financing and the sellers grow that much more desperate to unload.
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Origin and Etymology of desperate
Latin desperatus, past participle of desperare —see 1despair
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of desperate
DESPERATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of desperate for English Language Learners
: very sad and upset because of having little or no hope : feeling or showing despair
: very bad or difficult to deal with
: done with all of your strength or energy and with little hope of succeeding
DESPERATE Defined for Kids
Definition of desperate for Students
1 : very sad and worried and with little or no hope People became desperate for food.
2 : showing great worry and loss of hope a desperate call for help
3 : giving little reason to hope : causing despair a desperate situation
4 : reckless because of despair : rash He made a desperate attempt to escape.
5 : very severe The injury is in desperate need of attention.
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